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Duck Development

As many of you have seen online, our courtyard has again hosted a number of ducks who have laid and hatched their eggs this Spring. So far, two hens have hatched their eggs, with most ducklings eventually making it out to the wild. A third hen appears to be Poimena. You might recall the saga of Poimen, who hatched at the Abbey last year, and hung around until September. Abbot Austin raised this duck and thought it was a male. Now this third hen in our courtyard has some awfully similar characteristics and tendencies around humans (especially Abbot Austin). Therefore, she’s becoming known as Poimena, the feminine adaptation of the name, Poimen, meaning shepherd.